In one of their recent daily recipe emails, the folks over at Hungry Girl gave the directions for making their Loaded n’ Oated Pepperoni Pizza. I’m all for trying new things, so I gave it a whirl. But wait – pizza with a crust made of instant oats, egg, and crushed Fiber One? I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Essentially, you make the crust by combining the above ingredients and lightly frying it in a pan similar to a thick pancake. The personal crust is quite small, and I was afraid it wouldn’t be enough to fill a hungry stomach! What I didn’t realize is how filling Fiber One is – cover that crust with some low-fat mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, and some Italian seasonings, pair it with a small Caesar salad and a good glass of wine (we like Malbec – spicy but not too dry – and you can pick up a cheap version at the store for around 7 bucks!), and you’ve got yourself a very satisfying meal that’s also healthy! I would highly recommend it – not just to create pepperoni pizza, but other combinations, such as roasted garlic and fresh tomato; roasted chicken and pineapple; or turkey sausage and basil/oregano.
I also appreciated this recipe for introducing me to turkey pepperoni – I’m not sure I knew it existed, and boy, have I been missing out! With less fat than regular pepperoni with the same amount of taste, it’s become one of our new favorite foods. I used it when making Rachael Ray’s amazing stromboli, and it tastes wonderful in a panini with a little store-bought pesto and provolone cheese. Eat up!